Well summer sure does slow the board down.
Thought I better do my part and do a quick update.
I've been very busy between work and enjoying the summer here in Michigan. Haven't had the focus like in the winter months when there is not a lot to enjoy outdoors.
Have been trying to add some plants, but long USPS ship times has made that difficult. Have had some come in pretty much mush, and some that were barely alive and I am slowly nursing back to health.
Right now things are pretty unfocused. That is, more like a farm tank. Have many groups that need to fill in, and in general a jumbled mess of indecision.
As to plants, most everything that stalled/stunted during the transition recovered. But as I have mentioned, it was a bit of a battle. Have been dialing in new fert dosing, and think I am getting close. I lowered things way down to see if the soil was enough, but that was a mistake. The usual suspects pouted badly so now have raised things considerably again. Don't know why I try it, as it always seems to turn out the same. In my tank, rich dosing always works better....even with soil.
And while this is counter intuitive to many, less dosing meant more algae. Particularly the lower portions of plants. It's one of the first things I notice when things are too lean. Weak old growth is an easy target. Nothing to do now but let things grow and slowly remove any old ratty growth.
So here's where we are today. Not where I want to be, but things have settled down and now just have to have patience and let things fill in.
Hope everyone is doing well, staying safe and healthy, and enjoying the summer.
Bump for one more. For the last half hour before lights off only heavily colored light. One of my favorite times of the day and a different perspective. Makes the Rainbows show crazy colors as well.